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Our Story

The Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI), formerly Peacemaker Institute, was founded in 2001 by Fleet Maull and Vita Pires. The Institute delivers trainings developed from a rich tradition of spiritually grounded, contemplative and mindfulness-based peace and social change work, as well as the latest developments in neuroscience-based leadership training.

The Institute specializes in training those who support individuals in underserved communities. Mindfulness is foundational to all of our trainings. EMI developed, and offers, several mindfulness-based models for intervention: Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence (MBEI)™ training, Mindfulness-Based Wellness & Resiliency (MBWR)® training, and our current focus, Mindfulness Teacher Training.

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The Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI), formerly Peacemaker Institute, organized and hosted the Auschwitz-Birkenau Bearing Witness Retreats in 2009 and 2010 and founded the Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreat and Peace Initiative, offering the first two Rwanda Bearing Witness Retreats in 2010 and 2011.


These and other bearing witness retreats are currently being offered through our affiliate, the Zen Peacemakers.  The Institute also organized and hosted annual Street Retreats in Denver, Colorado from 2000 through 2009 and an Austin, Texas Street Retreat in 2008.  

Bearing Witness & Street Retreats

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Additional Trainings

In addition to the Integral Peacemaker Training, EMI has also offered numerous trainings since 2001 in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), Conflict Resolution, Diversity Training, The Way of Council, Fundraising From the Heart, Community Organizing, Non-Violent Direct Action, Group Facilitation, and Community Building.  EMI also hosted the renowned Event Training from 2001 to 2012.

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Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI) has trained thousands of nonprofit and business leaders, community activists, peaceworkers and social justice advocates from around the world. Our graduates are engaged in a wide array of community development, social change, and peacemaking activities, including:

  • Conflict resolution

  • Homeless advocacy

  • Restorative justice

  • Prison ministry

  • Juvenile justice and at-risk youth programs

  • AIDS relief

  • Hospice and palliative care

  • Social entrepreneurship, and

  • Human rights and peace work all around the world.